Below are some important and beneficial tips on how to get a great job or internship:
- Subscribe to the Yale Energy Alliance Newsletter (and other listings)
The Yale Energy Alliance Newsletter provides a fresh list of internship opportunities every week. It’s free, curated, and available for you to try your luck. The Newsletter also notifies you of recruitment or career-related events and opportunities that are happening at Yale that week, so be sure to check the newsletter every week. To subscribe to the newsletter, students can send an email to the Yale Energy Liaison (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Just click on this link to get a written-out message that you simply need to send.
- Engage in Networking. A LOT.
This may be the most cliched advice on this list, but networking is so very critically important. Most great opportunities do not even make it onto the job boards; they get snatched up by people who know people who believe that they are ideal candidates for the position. Getting someone in the company to recommend you is the gold standard for a successful hire; there is no better way to position yourself in the eyes of the recruiter (unless your family purchases the company; which may be unrealistic in most if not all cases)
- Work on your Cover Letter
You should work on your cover letter. A good cover letter takes you a long way. Just like your application essays, it gives you a life, a soul, and a character behind the numbers and titles listed on your resume; it is the yin to your yang (i.e. your resume). Make sure that you put time and effort into the letter, and adapt it accordingly to the job. You can check out this guide or the OCS website for more detailed advice on how to maximize your chances from your cover letter.
- Prepare (in advance) your Resume
You should also work and prepare your resume. A good resume also takes you a long way. These are more like your GPAs and achievement list; it doesn’t tell you much about your personality but is very important for you to even be considered for the position. Your resume is also very useful to leave with recruiters and in job or internship fairs so that potential employers can see who you are and what you do. The resume is more generic than the cover letter, but this does not mean that you shouldn’t put in as much effort: update the resume to accurately reflect your career accomplishments, keep it short (one page max for nearly all intents and purposes), and schedule a session (through Yale Career Link) to review it with the OCS staff.
- Update your LinkedIn
Another important tool is LinkedIn; most recruiters take it into consideration when trying to find the best recruits. Having a steady online presence, regularly updating your LinkedIn, and maintaining a simple and professional profile will increase your chances of scoring credibility points with the recruiters.
- Clean Up your Social Media Presence
Make sure you do not do anything bad or tasteless in social media; separate your professional accounts from your social accounts, and you should be set for this point.
- Cold Emailing
This advice cannot be overlooked; it is very important to cold email people. From experience, you will get one or two positive replies from every ten emails you send. The rate may be higher or lower depending on the type of company you send them to and your prior experience, but this is not too bad a rate considering that Yale offers free internet and time is something you definitely have (mind you, it will not take more than an hour to cold email 10 people; in this case, you can even make yourself an email template that you send to different employers, which will save you more time in the long run). Another major perk of cold emailing is that you can even propose your own jobs, where you list down what you do best and offer them your services in that particular area; this can drop your positive response rate further, but you’ll have to decide whether the doing something you will love doing for the foreseeable future is worth the time to send out and look for potentially-interested employers.
- Prepare for the Interview
You should take time to prepare for the interview; a good impression will even further increase your chances of landing the role. Usually, an interview means that you are in the top 20-50% of candidates, but the downside is that you are competing with others of a similar caliber and expertise. The way to stand out? The interview. Prepare the basic questions. Rehearse in front of the mirror. Practice with a friend or an OCS staff member. Read this guide with links to interview preparation resources that the OCS staff has prepared. Make sure you got your A to Z covered for the interview, and you are one way in the door of landing your dream job.